The Timothy Project 2016

You have been in ministry, now it is time to RETURN to Gordon-Conwell for an opportunity to REFLECT and RETREAT to gain new perspective on your first several years of ministry. Spend three days with other alumni and faculty in guided conversations, assessment and corporate worship. This program is open to the first 15 alumni of Gordon-Conwell from one to ten years in ministry. Register today and reserve your spot in the program!

Join us for the 2016 Timothy Project from February 17-19, 2016! CLICK HERE to register!

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The purpose of the Timothy Project is to offer a place of renewal and perspective for alumni of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary who are in the midst of their first ten years of ministry. The first ministry setting can be the most challenging as students move from the sometimes ethereal air of the seminary to the cold, hard pavement of ministry. The program asks the questions: How have you made the transition? What problems have you encountered? How has ministry met your expectations? How might the seminary have done a better job preparing you? These questions are asked in a variety of ways throughout three days and two nights of ministry assessment, small group discussion, worship, and informal fellowship with former classmates and, now, current partners in ministry.


The Timothy Project is designed to be both intensive and informal. Each day will begin with worship and significant time has been dedicated to informal time for reflection and fellowship with peers. We invite you to bring your questions, now wrapped in a ministry context, to the table, where you will have opportunity to eat meals with some of your favorite faculty. In addition, there will be six discussion forums in which you will have the opportunity to interact with key ministry themes in small and large groups.

What People Have Said

"The Timothy Project was a good time to reconnect with former classmates and to connect with fellow pastors to discuss various aspects of ministry in a casual setting. It was also a time of refreshment and encouragement to me in my ministry."

"This came at a critical time in my ministry. It was freeing to discuss issues in safety and openness."

"It was a great opportunity to step back and examine my ministry in a theologically sound and mutually supportive environment."

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Program Leaders

Dr. David Horn
is the Director of the Ockenga Institute and oversees multiple centers and programs involved in the seminary’s commitment to offering theological education to a variety of constituencies beyond the typical student body, including pastors, laypersons, distance and global learners. His doctoral work is in Sociology of Religion at Boston University with masters degrees in English literature and divinity. He is ordained in the CCCC and has been a pastor and has taught and worked in campus ministry for several years. He has a wife, Cec, and two grown children, Will and Molly.


Dr. Ken Swetland
is Senior Professor of Ministry and Senior Fellow of the Ockenga Institute. After over 36 years of involvement at the Seminary (including Academic Dean from 1992-2002 and Campus Pastoral Counselor from 2002-2008), he now is part-time and teaches in the Pastoral Skills DMin track at all 3 campuses, and works with pastors and graduates of the seminary in their ministry issues.



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Below is the schedule for The Timothy Project 2016.  Most sessions will take place in the Ockenga Library located in the Academic Center of the Hamilton campus. Please note that the schedule is subject to change.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
1:00 PM Registration
2:00 PM Welcome and Introductions
4:00 PM Break
4:30 PM What Happened After the Search Process?
6:00 PM Supper
Thursday, February 18, 2016
8:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM Devotional
9:30 AM Assessing Your Ministry: Successes and Failures
11:30 AM Lunch
1:00 PM The Private Life of a Pastor: When Disorder Comes to Your World
3:00 PM Friend or Foe: Looking at Your Community
5:00 PM Supper
Evening Fellowship
Friday, February 19, 2016
8:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM Devotional
9:30 AM Sabbath
12:00 PM Closing & End of Program

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Program Details

Cost & Lodging:

The cost per individual is $75. This cost includes seminar registration, housing for Wednesday and Thursday night on campus, and meals during the program. Guests needing to stay additional nights on campus are responsible for the cost for the additional nights. Please contact us in advance if you need to stay for additional nights.

Time, Location, Maps:

Registration will open at 1:00 PM in Academic Center room 351. Main sessions for the program will take place in the Ockenga Library located in the Academic Center at the Hamilton campus. Most meals will take place in the Dining Hall of the seminary.

Click on the links below for maps of our campus:

Confirmation and Cancellations:

You will receive an E-mail confirmation when you register online that will act as your receipt. Due to the planning involved with this program, cancellation requests received by January 13, 2016 will be refunded less a $10 processing fee. Cancellation requests received by February 3, 2016 will be refunded 50%. Cancellation requests received after February 3, 2016 will not be refunded. We thank you in advance for your understanding.


Transportation to and from the seminary is not included in the program fee. Guests are responsible for providing their own travel to and from campus. If you are flying into Boston for the program, the best airport to fly into is Boston Logan International Airport. There is a commuter line available close to campus. Click here for the MBTA train schedule for the Newburyport/Rockport line.


Take Rte. 128 North (toward Gloucester) to Exit 17 (Grapevine Road). Turn left off of the exit ramp and continue past Gordon College. Take your first right onto Rte. 22 (Rubbly Road). Turn left at the first stop sign (Essex Street). The entrance to Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary will be 200 yards ahead on the right. Follow Billy Graham Way and the “Conference” and "Event Parking" signs. For more specific directions click here.


Reserve your spot for the program by registering online. The first 15 who register are guaranteed spots in the program. A waiting list will be maintained for those unable to register in time. You will be contacted once an opening is available.

  • Register online for the 2016 Timothy Project: CLICK HERE
  • Download the The Timothy Project postcard: Coming soon!


Please contact us if you have any questions about the Timothy Project or any other program provided through the Shoemaker Center of the Ockenga Institute.

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